Race Info

We first put the race-on in July 2013 as a test event to check out the route marking, checkpoint locations, timing etc. Following a successful event with the now Famous Five pictured below, the race is run every July and is growing in popularity every year!

The Famous Five

The 2017 event is a four point qualifying race for the UTMB series of races.

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Here is the 2016  runner’s information pack which is sent out to all entrants ahead of the race and is a really good source of info if you’re thinking about entering.

The race starts at 01:00 from Neptune’s Staircase at Banavie outside Fort William.

Competitors will then have 22 hours to cover the 70-ish miles to Inverness. The race will take the stunning High Route along the Great Glen unless it is closed for forestry works in which case we will divert to the “low” route.

The race will finish in the Inverness Athletics Stadium near Bught Park with all runners no doubt breaking in to a sprint along the running track for the final 100 metres.

Due the nature of the race, we will be asking runners to supply us with some information about their running experience. There is a big step-up to a race of 70-100+ miles from those around the 30-40 mile mark, so we want to make sure everyone who takes part is fully aware of the physical and mental preparation required for this sort of event.

The course profile is shown below along with checkpoints/water stations. Total elevation is approx. 9,300 feet/2000 metres.

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The course will be well marked, but a good thing to bear in mind is that you’re going to be on the north side of all the lochs on the way up. The Great Glen has some good way markers, but we’ll add to these for the race, so no compass required. As with all runs of this length, you may benefit from doing some training runs on the route to both familiarise yourself with it and to have some idea of how tough some of the latter climbs actually are!

Given the time of year and the terrain underfoot, road or trail shoes will be fine for the race. If there’s a lot of rain in the lead-up to the race you might want to consider something more grippy.

  • We see this race as ideal preparation for anyone looking to make the step up to 100 milers.
  • The race is designed to be run self-supported. There is the option of a bus to transport runners from Inverness to the start in Fort William.
  • We will transport runners drop bags to the Checkpoints along the way.
  • There will be water provided at each Checkpoint.
  • Some Scottish Ultra Marathons which would be considered as suitable experience are The Highland Fling, The Cateran Trail, West Highland Way, Devil o’ the Highlands & Glasgow to Edinburgh Ultra.
  • We will not allow runners to enter this if they have completed the West Highland Way Race the month before. However, we will make some race places available to runners whose WHW race has not gone to plan meaning they have had to withdraw from that race due to injury or illness. If you fall in to this category, please contact us directly.

Check Point Details

Checkpoint Name Post Code Distance GPS Coordinates
Clunes PH34 4ES 10.5 miles 56.954313 -4.959960  56º57’15.5”N 4º57’35.9”W
Laggan Locks PH3 4EB 20 miles 57.047822  -4.802822  57º02’52.4”N 4º48’10.2”W
Fort Augustus PH32 4DF 31 miles 57.146991  -4.681299  57º08’49.2”N 4º40’52.7”W
Invermoriston IV63 7WE 40 miles 57.213645  -4.617451  57º12’49.4”N 4º37’02.2”W
Grotaig (Water Station Only) 49 miles
Drumnadrochit IV63 6TX 54.5 miles 57.334933 -4.479828 57º20’05.8”N 4º28’47.4”W
Loch Laide IV3 8L 62 miles 57.385248 -4.430570 57º23’06.9”N 4º25’50.0”W
Inverness Stadium IV3 5SS Finish! 57.464199 -4.239123 57º27’51.1”N 4º14’20.8”W